Michael Smerconish, a longtime big talker on WPHT-AM (1210), is leaving terrestrial radio. On April 15, he's taking The Michael Smerconish Show over to SiriusXM. He'll hold forth from 9 a.m. to noon on SiriusXM P.O.T.U.S., channel 24, on weekday mornings, and will be rebroadcast 6-9 p.m.
He's also leaving his 80-plus market syndication, just as Talkers mag rated the audience for Smerconish - Inquirer columnist, lawyer, MSNBC host, progressive rock maven, author - in the Top 10 of talk.
So why satellite radio? P.O.T.U.S. bills itself as "nonpartisan," which may be a clue. "The appeal," Smerconish says, "is that I can spread my wings and do an issue-oriented, nonideological show." A Philly radio voice since he debuted on WWDB in 1992, he's been a radio guy fulltime since 2003. Once largely associated with conservative opinion, he has supported President Obama, and he left the Republican Party in 2010. Such independence may be what lured him away.